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Tom Simonite

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Growing Up with Google Glass

When Google Glass launches it will be used by kids as well as adults.

  • March 5, 2013

Babies and kids love smartphones and tablets: they’re brightly colored, noisy, respond to touch and belong to adults. Kids will probably love Google Glass, too.

This mockup based on a photo provided by Google shows one possible result of their wearable computer catching on for use by more than just adults.

Everything Google has said and shown about their wearable computer involves adults and mostly rather serious pursuits such as getting directions, and doing Google searches. But when the device becomes available to buy later this year, children of all ages will begin using them, too.

A whole category of kid-centric Glass apps will likely emerge. The way that Glass responds to voice and head motions could be used to create some interesting games and educational apps, for example. Apps that help parents check up on their Glass-wearing kids, for example by streaming video from their point of view, will also surely appear.

Google’s press shots of Glass rarely show more than one person wearing them at a time. But just as contemporary families can be seen together but each stroking a personal touch screen device, if Glass becomes popular family units will spend time together while each wearing a computer and display on their face.

Most people at some point or another will have experienced a moment in which they realize the generation behind them has a very different relationship to technology - and hence to the world - than they do. Glass, which mediates a person’s relationship with the world more directly than other technologies, will likely produce its own share of such moments.

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